When I tell people in “real life” that I make money on the Internet, they usually get pretty excited and want to know how they can start as well. Unfortunately, most think they can instantly start making money without working, without thinking and without learning. This simply isn’t true.
Though there are many ways to make money online, this article will focus on one way in particular: how to make money online with a website. Coincidentally, this is exactly what I’ve done with with this website.
Getting your own website is not nearly as complicated as it might sound, and there are programs that guide you through the entire process, start to finish. Getting this website was the best (and most fun) financial decision I’ve ever made.
How to Not Make Money Online
There are thousands of people who work from home and make their money online. Unfortunately, there are some incredibly powerful myths about how they did it. Hint: it wasn’t fast or easy. So before we talk about how to make money online, let’s cover how making money online isn’t done, and then move on to the exact steps you can take to actually pull it off.
- Get Rich Quick doesn’t work. If there was a way anyone could build wealth without learning a skill, thinking or working hard, then everyone would already do it. Wealth must be created through the back, the brain or through inheritance. There just aren’t many other options.
- “Make Easy Money” doesn’t work. There is no way to make a full time income in the next few days or weeks. Building a full-time income online can take a year — or more. The “make money fast” fringe of internet marketers almost always fail. If you’re looking for a quick way to make a buck, this most certainly isn’t for you.
If anything, building a website is an anti-get-rich-quick-scheme. The plan is to actually build a business to create revenue over time. It certainly works, but few are able to buy a Mercedes with their first-year profits. If you really want to build an online business, you’ll have to buckle down, be dedicated and willing to think and work hard. If you are willing to do that, then read on.
How This Website Makes Money
The most reliable method of making money online is to build a website about one of your hobbies and/or interests. Pick a topic, write some “articles” about something in that particular field of interest, put them on the website and then spread the word. If you do a good job then you’ll have plenty of visitors browsing your website every day. Remember, we’re talking about the Internet — there are billions of people searching for interesting content.
You’ll get your money by placing ads and linking to websites that will pay you for sales that you refer. Think: Amazon, Ebay, etc. This is where most of the money comes from, and is by far the most profitable way to make money online.
The typical sale-rate for an online product is about 1%. This means about 1 out of every 100 people will end up buying something they see online. If you find a product (remember, it can be from someone else’s website — you don’t have to actually make the product) for $100, then getting 2-300 people every day can literally mean a full-time income forever.
The most essential part of an online business is the fact that a website provides financial security and independence. If you have an online business, you just make the website once. The traffic won’t stop coming when you finish building it. This means you build the project once, move on with your life and continue to make the money. This is why I encourage all of my family and friends to launch their own website — it just makes sense.
Unfortunately, some people misunderstand the entire process and think they can “get rich quick” by making money online. That just isn’t going to happen. A website takes a lot of thinking and planning at first.
How to Make Money Online
Once you decide to start a website, you have two basic ways of building the website:
- Old Way.
The old fashioned way was to spend about $100 for the website’s-storage (or “host” as it is called), and then spend up to hundreds or thousands more on design and technical work. You will literally spend days pulling your hair out trying to figure out what the garbled code means, what the best method of creating your site would be, and how to master concepts like “SEO.” Read: world’s biggest headache.
After all of this you would still need to learn how write the content, how to market the website, how to build traffic and how to monetize the website. The success rate for this method is less than 95%. Not good. But that was just the old way.
- New Way.
The new way to get a website is, by far, the best. Ken Envoy was an internet marketer who saw the horrible problems with how websites were being built. To combat this, he launched SiteBuildIt, or “SBI” for short. It’s designed specifically for people who are interested in building an online business. This is the only route I suggest for people who are just starting out.
SBI is an all-in-one package that will guide you through everything. Design, content, traffic, marketing, making money, statistics, tutorials, free courses — everything. The program was specifically written for people who want to make money with their website. Watch the video below for more information.
Aside from just making money, if your goal isn’t to build a full-time income, building a successful website also launches you as an expert in your niche, once you built traffic. Run a personal development blog? You’ll be recognized as a personal development expert. Same for almost everything else. Sports? Taxes? Celebrities? Knitting? Collectibles? Design? Politics? The possibilities are endless.
I honestly so firmly believe that a website is the smartest decision that I’ll even help if you get a website. If you decide to keep the site, let me know three months after you launch, and I’ll send you a 10 ways to better your website, with ideas for content, marketing and tips.
So what should you do now? Check out the SBI website and just read. Every decision needs to be an informed decision, and this is no exception. Check out the case studies, the proof, compare it to competitors, and, better still, see what SBI owners say about it.
After you browse around, make the decision to try it out for a month. It comes with a money-back guarantee — try it for a month, and if you don’t think it’s for you, get your money back. There’s no risk, and everything to gain. Just try it.